Laney saw its season end, but coach Lemuel Lackey sees continued success in the future.
Though they will lose 1,000-yard rusher George Myers, the Wildcats used plenty of young players throughout the 7-4 season.
Freshman quarterback Andre James, who scored two touchdowns in the 24-20 loss to Benedictine on Friday, was among those to see time.
On a fourth-quarter touchdown drive, James found another freshman, Danye Washington.
“He made a great throw, freshman to freshman,” Lackey said.
MOVING ON: The good news for Silver Bluff is that it won’t have to play Bamberg-Ehrhardt any more this season.
After Friday night’s 14-13 win, the Bulldogs will be at home this week against Bishop England in the Class AA Division II semifinals.
The bad news is that Bishop England has had Silver Bluff’s number in recent years. This will be the fifth meeting between the two schools – all in the playoffs – in the past decade.
The Battling Bishops beat the Bulldogs 17-0 on their way to a state championship last year.
In 2009, Silver Bluff won a first-round game 35-7. Bishop England won first-round playoff contests in 2003 and 2004, each by 14 points.
“We’ll have a chance to redeem ourself,” Bulldogs coach Al Lown said Friday night. “But we’re going to enjoy this one a little bit.”
TRADITION: For the third year in a row, Burke County will continue its Thanksgiving Week tradition. With school out all week, the Bears will hold practice during the weekday mornings – even on Turkey Day.
Burke County (10-1) will play host to No. 3 seed Monroe (8-3), which upset Griffin in the first round, at 7:30 Friday night. Bears coach Eric Parker said he’s delighted having a game right after Thanksgiving.
“I don’t have to get up and go Black Friday shopping with my wife,” he said. “That’s always a motivating factor for the coaches.”
Staff writers John Boyette and Chris Gay contributed to this story.